*“Soul Train” may soon become the hippest trip on Broadway.
Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create “Rock of Ages,” has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and says he’s hoping to turn it into a musical that attracts both die-hard Broadway fans and those who can’t stomach the theater.
“Soul Train,” with its trademark animated train opening, provided a national, weekly showcase for R&B artists, black culture and fashion, and gave advertisers an entree to the black consumer market.
Don Cornelius started the music and dance show in 1970 in Chicago and served as its host until 1993. It aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006.
Weaver says his next move is to hire a writer. So far, there’s no timeframe for Broadway.